5.3.5 Architecture and spatial planning
From 2004 until 2011, the preservation of nature was under the responsibility of the Ministry of Culture. Since December 2011, under the new government, the preservation of nature is now in the realm of the Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection, while the legislation regarding urban planning is within the competence of the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning. The Law on the Preservation of Nature (NN 162/03, NN 139/08, NN 57/11) regulates the protection of the following: national parks, nature parks, strict nature reserves, special nature reserves, forest parks, protected landscapes, nature monuments, monuments of park architecture, and certain plant and animal species. There are a large number of secondary pieces of legislation as well as separate laws about each national park and some nature parks. In 2008 the government adopted the Strategy and Action Plan for Biological and Landscape Diversity of the Republic of Croatia. Since 2011, the preservation of nature and biological diversity is not in the purview of the Ministry of Culture (see chapter 1).